Alumni of the Year sell to YouTube

5 November 2008

Simon Ratner, left, and Ryan Junee at the YouTube headquarters in San Francisco.
Simon Ratner, left, and Ryan Junee at the YouTube headquarters in San Francisco.

Two former University of Sydney students, who sold their fledgling web company to YouTube in July, have been named Young Alumni of the Year by the Faculty of Engineering and IT.


Ryan Junee graduated from the University in 2002 with a first-class honours degree in computer engineering and a Bachelor degree in commerce, and Simon Ratner graduated in 2003 with first-class honours degree in electrical and software engineering.

Ratner and Junee co-founded the Silicon Valley start-up Omnisio with fellow Australian Julian Frumar at the beginning of 2008 and sold the company in July to the Google-owned YouTube. Omnisio developed innovative technology that enables users to mix online videos and add comments.

YouTube's blog stated, "We're thrilled to to announce Google's purchase of Omnisio. The Omnisio team has tremendous technical expertise when it comes to advanced video tools, and having this kind of talent at YouTube should help us further explore ways to enhance your YouTube experience."

Ratner now works as a software engineer at YouTube and Junee is a product manager at the company, leading the development of new features for community engagement. Junee is also an executive committee member of the MIT/Stanford Venture Lab which is a non-profit group that promotes the growth of high-tech entrepreneurial ventures. 

The Awards were established in 2007 to honour former students of the Faculty of Engineering and IT who have shown outstanding creativity, dedication or leadership in their professional endeavours and were announced on October 31.

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